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Smoking Leads to Dental Implant Failure


Posted on 6/6/2022 by Nancy Shiba DDS
Smoking Leads to Dental Implant FailureSmoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can all cause problems for dental implants. Smokers are three times more likely to experience implant failure than non-smokers. If you are thinking about getting dental implants and if you smoke, then here are a few things to know about.

Smoking and Dental Implant Failure: Connection


Dental implants are a famous way to replace missing teeth, and they have a high success rate. However, smoking can significantly increase the risk of implant failure. Studies have shown that smokers are more likely to experience implant failure than nonsmokers. There are several possible explanations for this connection. First, smoking decreases blood flow to the gums, which can impede the healing process and make it more difficult for the implant to take hold. Second, smokers are more likely to develop gum disease, damaging the supporting tissues and causing the implant to loosen. Finally, the chemicals in tobacco smoke can break down the bone around the implant, making it more likely to fail. For these reasons, smokers need to be honest with their dentist about their habits before implant surgery. By understanding the risks involved, patients and dentists can work together to ensure a successful outcome.

How To Take Care of Your Dental Implant if You Are a Smoker?


You need to do a few things to ensure your implant stays healthy. First, it is essential to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing will help remove plaque and bacteria from the surface of your teeth. In addition, avoid smoking for at least the first week after your implant is placed. It will give your gums time to heal and reduce the risk of infection. Finally, be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups. They will be able to monitor the health of your implant and make sure it is staying clean and free of infection. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your dental implant stays healthy for years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental implants, talk to our experienced dentist. They will be able to answer all the questions you may have and help you decide if implants are right for you.

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